I glanced over at the newspaper someone was reading at the next table in the library, and saw this:
From the point of view of a Cowboys fan, I imagine, the word would be "victory" or "success," not "disaster." Which is why I keep laughing, albeit bitterly, at sports fans. One fan's disaster is cause for another's celebration, so why should I take either side seriously? I had a vague impression that one trait of an adult is the recognition that the world doesn't revolve around one's own provincial or personal associations. If my beloved dumps me, I can reasonably be very upset, even take to my bed for days of weeping. But if I think that the rain outside shows that the universe is weeping with me, I'm childish at best, delusional at worst. Yet the sports fans I know have no such perspective.